The whole world knows that the Stars and Stripes are the symbols of American freedom. Dating back to the first celebration in 1877, the annual Flag Day actually started from an initiative of school teacher BJ Cigrand. In 1885, he organized a group of Wisconsin students to observe the 108th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. Cigrand advocated the observance of Flag Day publicly, which is why we get to celebrate this patriotic day each year on June 14.
How do we do this at a time when we’re restricted because of the pandemic? Brace yourselves - what used to be a sea of red, blue, and white parades, ceremonies, essay contests, and picnics might be less celebratory this year in order to stay safe from COVID-19. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t wave our flags with pride! Here are simple ways to honor Old Glory on its day:
1. Follow flag etiquette.
In the US Flag Code is a list of appropriate demeanor and actions concerning the American flag. For instance, the armed forces and veterans are required to salute when a flag is either passing them or is being lowered or hoisted. On the other hand, civilians should place their right hand over their heart. Familiarize yourself with the guidelines to properly display and respect our symbol of sovereignty. This way, you can also educate others on how it should be done.
2. Display it for all to see.
Aside from Fourth of July and other holidays, it is a must to have your flag fly in front of your house or business. Remember not to let it touch the ground or any surfaces beneath it. To get extra attention on this historic symbol, you can also wear flag-inspired merchandise to show off your American pride.
3. Join a virtual history museum tour.
Since almost everything has gone digital by now because of the pandemic, you can still participate in virtual tours and immerse yourself in this special day’s cultural significance. It will also help you understand how to protect this heritage as a citizen under oath to Old Glory.
Aside from these, you can also pay your respects and honor those who died in service of the flag. Take a moment of silence, pray for their families, and just keep their sacrifice in your hearts.
How do you plan on doing this commemorative day this year? Let us know in the comments. 🇺🇸